Doubling is a literary device an author might use to explore the dual characteristics
(often contrary) of a character, place, idea, or other aspect of life. Shakespeare uses this
device frequently, so it is essential for students to be able to identify it in his work and
recognize how and why he uses it. Students will use this worksheet to analyze doubling in
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by comparing and contrasting humans and fairies and Athens
and the fairy world.